DR. ELISSA GROSSMAN
Dr. Elissa Grossman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California, where she teaches a varied slate of introductory to advanced courses in entrepreneurship and innovation. At USC, she has developed and taught courses in the undergraduate business, MBA, MSSE (Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship), MBV (Master of Business for Veterans), and Iovine and Young Academy (arts, technology, and innovation) programs. She is currently developing a course for the Marshall School's new Online MBA. In addition to teaching, Dr. Grossman conducts research and publishes on the topic of social networks in new venturing – encompassing traditional network development for startup resource acquisition and, more recently, crowd-funding. She has received national and university awards for excellence in both research and teaching.
Early in her career, Dr. Grossman worked in brand and marketing management for companies including Procter & Gamble, Sun Microsystems, and Livecapital (a start-up acquired by Dun & Bradstreet). In her spare time, she runs Crosswords LA, one of largest crossword puzzle tournaments in the nation. Elissa, who volunteered to mentor JSES, is thrilled participate in the Junior Social Entrepreneurship Summit for the fourth year -- and is looking forward to meeting and being inspired by the JSES Santa Monica 2017 student ambassadors!
Education: PhD, MBA, UCLA; MS, London School of Economics; BA, Harvard University
Thank you Dr. Grossman for introducing us to Amri rigby & Ben choe, who supported our ideas and helped them grow!
jses la Student-mentors
Ben and Luca greeting Dianna Cohen, CoFounder Plastic Pollution Coalition
Amri Rigby and Ben Choe joined us this year at JSES Los Angeles. They were a lot of fun to hang out with, and learn from. Hand-picked by jses mentor Dr. Elissa Grossman, (Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies) from USC's Iovine and Young Academy, and they gave us an up-close and personal look at their cool innovation lab during our USC campus tour. Having Amri and Ben with us for the week gave us the opportunity to speak with them about their experience as Trojans, and we are very grateful for their involvement.
Thanks Ben & Amri from JSES Santa Monica/LA Ambassadors!
Originally from Decatur, Georgia, Amri is a rising Sophomore at USC's Iovine and Young Academy. He majors in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, a new program for design, engineering and entrepreneurship. Currently, he is focusing his studies in design, communication and entrepreneurship. Currently, he is focusing his studies in design, communication and entrepreneurship. This summer, he went to London with some of his classmates exploring various museums and design centers. He also went to several leadership retreats and worked on several student film projects. An avid filmmaker, Amri has worked on various projects throughout the summer.